One of the Minnesota Public Radio employees let go during the latest staffing cull says being laid off "does sting," but is moving forward without bearing resentment towards his former employer.
John Moe had been employed by MPR for 14 years, before in a round of cuts last month he was informed that his podcast, The Hilarious World of Depression, was among the shows being scrapped, along with Live From Here With Chris Thile.
The announcement was made on the same day that 28 MPR/American Public Media staff were laid off amid an apparent budget crisis resulting from the pandemic.
In a series of tweets on his last day of work at MPR, Moe reflected on his time at the radio organization and the manner of his departure, noting he received the news during a "very brief Zoom conference."
"I worked for MPR for fourteen years, including in Seattle before moving to Minnesota," he tweeted. "The company moved me to Minnesota and I gave a lot of sweat and a lot of tears to projects I did with them. Wish it hadn't ended like it did but the connection with MPR led to many good things.
"I've never been laid off before and it really does sting. It hurts to be told I'm not wanted anymore in a very brief Zoom conference. And very disruptive to my life and my family's life. But I don't want to carry around resentment. Resentment weighs too much."
Moe continued to say that he is "excited for the already brilliant future ahead," which he didn't expound on but said he "can't wait to tell you eventually."
The humorist's podcast saw him conduct a "series of frank, moving, and ... funny conversations" with other comedians who themselves have dealt with the "incredibly common and isolating disease" of depression.
"I'm really reeeeeally glad I've had good therapy in the last few years to finally learn and accept that we are not the jobs we have or the projects that we work on. We are people," Moe added. "And as people we have inherent value that we don't need to prove through work, title, achievement ... and a lot of saddies don't know that or they forget that."
The scale of the cuts at MPR/APM, including the cancellation of its flagship Live From Here, brought fresh scrutiny on the level of executive pay at the nonprofit, which you can read more about here.